Where to see live local talent this New Year’s Eve

Still looking for something to do this New Year’s? Why not check out some live local talent?

Whether comedy is your bag or live music is your thang, here are a few events featuring Vancouver performers to help you ring in 2019.

Patrick Maliha’s 6th Annual Naughty Little New Year’s Eve—Comedian Eric Fell joins local comic Patrick Maliha to host this annual Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway Ave.) tradition. Other performers include raunchy songstress Shirley Gnome, comedians Harris Anderson and Simon King, magician Travis Bernhardt, and more. Following the show, audience members are invited to ring in the New Year with drinks and dancing. The previous two years have sold-out. (Doors at 8 p.m., show at 9; tickets are $32 in advance at eventbrite.ca and $47 at the door, and include party favours and a glass of bubbly.)

New Year’s Eve at the Fox—The Fox Cabaret (2321 Main St.) presents live music for the first part of the evening and DJs to ring in the New Year. Local duo Booty EP kicks off the live entertainment portion of the night, followed by the band Actors. Then, at 10:30 p.m. the party shifts into DJ mode with a two-floor 80s vs 90s dance extravaganza. Advance tickets are $15-45 at eventbrite.ca.

NYE Party with Geoff Berner and Kitty & the Rooster—The ANZA Club’s (3 W. 8th Ave.) New Year’s Eve Party features local singer/songwriter Geoff Berner and special guests Kitty & The Rooster. Tickets are $30 in advance/$35 at the door and include complimentary champagne and pizza. Visit anzaclub.org for tickets.

Kitty and the Rooster play the ANZA Club this NYE.

The Dark Eighties at the Clubhouse (238 E. 1st Ave.)—Local singer/songwriter Devours performs, along with Italians Do It Better recording artist In Mirrors. It looks as though this is an evening for all of you Goth-headed Cure fans. According to the Dark Eighties Facebook event page: “WIGS, COSTUMES, LACE, MASKS, bold makeup, GLITTER, SEQUINS, drag, FETISHWEAR, AND ANYTHING CRAZY/FUN/WILD IS strongly ENCOURAGED at The Dark Eighties. We will award 5 people with the best costumes a year’s pass to The Dark Eighties for 2019.” The gauntlet has been thrown.

A WISE New Years Eve Suits and Sequins Dress Up Party with Petunia & the Vipers w/ The Myrtle Family Band—The title says it all. At the WISE Hall, 1882 Adanac at Victoria. Tickets are $20 (with suit and/or sequins) and $25 (without) at brownpapertickets.com.

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